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Arts Fest Expo – Day 2

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Sunday, May 6 • 11:00am-5:00pm
Charleston Area Convention Center Complex
5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418

Enjoy an array of performances on 4 stages, roving entertainers, art & craft vendors, exhibitions, live art demonstrations, hands-on children’s activities, and more!




EXHIBIT HALL A STAGE • Instrumental Music & Live Art Demonstrations

11:00am – 12:15pm Local textile artist Kristy Bishop creates weavings, jewelry, and other fiber works colored with hand-made, natural dyes. The artist will demonstrate how she formulates these dyes from local, hand-picked ingredients, such as onion skins, eucalyptus, coreopsis, wild fennel, walnut hulls, marigold, cochineal, annatto seeds, and more.

12:45pm – 1:45pm Virtuoso guitar player Nicholai Svishev will perform a medley of gypsy jazz, Brazilian samba, bossa nova, and new flamenco tunes.

2:15pm – 3:30pm Dale Fort of Pluff Mudd Farm will offer a live woodturning demonstration using local, reclaimed wood.

4:00pm – 5:00pm • Wayne Daws will play a variety of guitar instrumentals, with selections ranging from classical to contemporary. The veteran musician has more than 20 years of experience performing solo, as a lead guitarist, and in numerous theatre productions.


EXHIBIT HALL B STAGE • Youth Entertainment

11:00am – 12:00pm Children’s Theatre of Charlotte Resident Touring Company will present Mr. Popper ‘s Penguins, a 1930’s inspired musical based on the classic book. Mr. Popper spends his time daydreaming of adventures in far-off lands while Mrs. Popper scrimps and saves to put beans on the table. When a spirited penguin arrives on their doorstep, a new horizon (and flock!) opens before them!

12:15pm – 12:45pm • Charleston Children’s Choir delivers a message of hope, unity, and a way to look towards a brighter future through music. The group, comprised of 50 elementary and middle school students, will perform a variety of songs, including “You Will be Found” from the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hanson, and “Lift Thine Eyes” from Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

1:00pm – 1:30pm Offering an innovative blend of European-style clowning, illusionary technique, and stand-up comedy, Dr. Tom’s Semi-Silent Theatre will delight and amaze audiences of all ages.

1:45pm – 2:45pm • Orisinisi African Folklore presents Moonlight Stories, an anthology of tales that incorporate the African tradition of music and audience participation.

3:00pm – 3:30pm • Dance Moves Youth Company will showcase modern dance selections from their 2017/18 season. Dancers ages 8-15 will perform works choreographed by local dance artists.

3:45pm – 4:30pm John Tudor will present interactive magic routines in John Tudor’s Magic Theatre. See cutting edge illusions and laugh yourself silly. You may even be invited onstage to experience the magic yourself!

4:30pm – 5:00pm Youth Art Award Acknowledgements and Reception


EXHIBIT HALL C STAGES 1 & 2 • Variety & Cultural Heritage

11:00am – Noon • Berdolé Flamenco will present Fiesta Flamenca, featuring Flamenco guitar, dance, percussion, singing, and rhythmic hand clapping.

Noon – 12:30pm Enjoy a mix of classical music, Broadway favorites, Beatles tunes, and current hits by the Charleston Chamber Players. The trio of professional classical musicians from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra consists of flute, oboe, and cello.

12:30pm – 1:00pm • Buen Aché Afro-Latino Dance Company aims to highlight the African contribution to Latino culture, music, and dance. Their high-energy dances and choreodramas draw on folkloric dances of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other Caribbean nations, and are often interactive.

1:00pm – 2:00pm • The Alchemystics blend reggae, hip-hop, gritty soul, hard-driving rock, and pulsing Jamaican, Cuban, and Trinidadian rhythms into an utterly unique and distinctively original new sound.          

2:00pm – 2:30pm Taranpreet will present Waves of Punjab, a highly interactive presentation of traditional Indian folk dances and Bollywood adaptations of Bhangra dance.

2:30pm – 3:30pm Get funky with the Dirk Quinn Band! With over a decade of experience, the group’s unique and progressive style is a blend high-energy funk, jazz, and improvisation that appeals to a wide variety of listeners.

3:30pm – 4:00pm • Wona Womalan African Drum & Dance Ensemble will demonstrate unique West African drum rhythms and traditional dances from Guinea, West Africa.

4:00pm – 5:00pm • Porto Seguro will present a laid-back, soulful mix of choro, bossa nova, and samba music from the roots of Brazilian jazz.



Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild live demonstrations of weaving, fiber spinning, and wool felting by local fiber artists (Exhibit Hall A)

Island Paradise Balloon Art strolling balloon sculptor

Dr. Tom’s Semi-Silent Theatre • innovative blend of mime, clowning, juggling, magic, and comedy

The InterACTive Theatre of Jef • wandering mime, mask play, and variety arts

Bach to Rock • hands-on exploration of a variety of instruments for a number of different age groups (Exhibit Hall B)